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Family Law Court

Cases Involving Marriage and Children

Family Law Cases involve legal proceedings related to family and marriage issues, including:

  • Child Support
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
  • Dept. of Child Support services, Child Support Actions
  • Domestic Violence (DV) Restraining Orders (RO) - Click on link for information on how to file DV Restraining Orders.
  • Establish Parental Relationship (Paternity), Petitions for Custody and Support
  • Legal Separation, Nullity
  • And others


Current filing fees and fees assessed for Family Court Services mediation and investigation services can be found on the Schedule of Fees.


A listing of all state forms used in Family Law procedures can be found on the state Family Law website and a packet of frequently used forms are available at the Main Courthouse.

Please contact the Civil Division for filing questions at (559) 416-5525.

For Adoption, refer to this online guide.

Local Procedures and Notes

  • Ex-parte hearings are heard in the assigned Department, Monday – Friday at 8:15 a.m. Documents along with the 24-hour Notice or Non-notice Declaration must be submitted to the courts no later than 10:00 a.m. the previous workday prior to the court date.
  • All documents are to be filed two (2) days prior to the court date.
  • The Record Search fee is $5.00 per name and takes about 5 days.
  • Family law packets are available and can be obtained from the Main Courthouse Facility.
  • Family Code Section 4320 factors are included here for your reference.

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